I just got the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Performance Training Journal (or Jounral as they have written it below – way to fight that strongman stereotype!) in my e-mail inbox.. As an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) I get two professional journals with my membership, but this publication is also designed for the practicing coach:
“is published monthly with informative strength and conditioning topics based on sound research and practical application. Subscriptions are free of charge and can be set up to send a monthly email reminder right to your computer. So, whether you are a strength and conditioning professional, or a serious weekend warrior, NSCA’s Performance Training Journal provides the information you need when you need it.”
In addition to subscribing to e-mail delivery of this journal, you can also access strength training videos and podcasts – all for free! The latest issue is football-specific but has a great short article on reducing ankle sprains which is 100% relevant to reducing ankle sprains in squash players.
Another great free newsletter I subscribe to is the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) High Performance Coaching Newsletter. The June 2008 issue has an article on the biomechanics of the serve by Paul Roetert and Bruce Elliot, and as you can see below presents a great parallel analysis to the squash forehand drive (i.e., biomechanical principles are exactly the same). There is also a good piece on current trends in lower body training which is directly applicable to squash.
What is great about these electronic newsletters and journals is that the busy coach can reduce clutter by simply Bookmarking these sites with their favorite browser – instant access anytime from anywhere. It is easy to forward the links to fellow coaches, and to players. Because the publications are electronic, you can be sure that the information is probably more up to date than those books on our office shelves.
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